Terry Whetstone’s Street Stock Bonanza Recap

SAGER TAKES STREET STOCK BONANZA; BLACK AND SHOEMAKER NEW WINNERS

By Terry Whetstone

For immediate release  August 27, 2016

HESSTON, PA – Ryan Sager of Huntingdon picked up the Street Stock Bonanza on Saturday night at Hesston grabbing over $1,000 for his efforts. Robbie Black of Claysburg picked up his first Limited Late Model Feature win of the season while Shawn Shoemaker of Mt. Union picked up his first Hobby win of the season.

Chris Anderson copped the Roadrunner/Four Cylinder main while Stew Wenrich of Sinking Spring won the Penn-Mar Vintage Race Car Club feature.

Greg “Skip” Moore and Bill Henney led the Street Stock feature to the green flag with Moore taking the lead and setting the pace for the first lap, then Henney took the lead and was managing the field quite nicely before Ryan Sager moved from fourth into the lead and began to drive away. Early in the race, Henney was able to keep Sager close, but as the 30-lapper continued, Sager was pulling away and the crowed was turning its attention to the battle for second place and farther back.

Henney had second, but Moore was right there the entire race, as Devin Weyandt, Cris Edwards Jr. and Ridge Bookwalter all jockeyed for position.

Sager was working through the lapped traffic and putting more distance between him and second place when the races only caution waved on lap 29.

With the field regrouped and the green back in the air, Sager continued to lead, as Moore was now side-by-side with Henney the final two laps, as Gary Deem threw the checkered flag, Sager took the win over Moore, who got Henney at the end. Henney, Weyandt and Bookwalter completed the top five. Moore and Henney split heat wins.

The Limited Late Models were led to the green flag by Robbie Black and Brad McGinnis as Black took the lead and set the pace the entire 25-lap distance. As he led McGinnis was trying to hold second, but a fast moving Dillon Stake took second on lap five and began pursuing Black. As the race continued, Black was still in command, but Stake was right there, waiting for an error from Black as tenth place starting Ralph Morgan moved into third and began to hound the top two for a better finish, but when the checkered flag waved it was Black getting his first win of the season over Stake, Morgan, Tim Krape and Eric Irvin who started 16th.  Heat wins were split between Stake, Morgan and Marvin Williams.

The Hobby feature went green with Shawn Shoemaker and Mike Benton on the front row, as Shoemaker took the lead and led until laps eight, when Mike Duck took the lead and held Shoemaker at bay beginning on lap eight. The caution waved on lap 12, when Duck’s daughter blew the engine. As she was being pushed to the pits, Duck also relinquished the lead and he was also out for the duration. This gave the lead back to Shoemaker, who held off a fast closing Mike Benton the rest of the way. At the line it was Shoemaker over Benton, Alex Boozel, Brad Benton and Brandie Mills, but both Bentons were disqualified for illegal carburetors, and the top five were: Shoemaker, Boozel, B. Mills, Duck and A. Mills. There was no heat due to the car count.

The Roadrunner feature saw Chris Anderson and Matt Duvall lead the field to the start with Anderson taking the lead and never looking back, as he went on the lead the non-stop event all the way for the win. Tyler Vincent chased Anderson the whole way. Eric Boozel, Kent Leonard and Justin Williamson completed the top five. Again, there was no heat.

The Penn-Mar Vintage Race Car Club visited for the first time this season and saw Stew Wenrich lead the 15-lap event from start to finish. Last starting Glenn Pobletts finished a close second over Mark Rickrode Jr., Randy Minich and Gene Wrightstone. Minich won the only heat.

LAKE SIDE NOTES: There were 56 cars in the pits, including 18 Limited Late Models, 14 Street Stocks, 7 Penn-Mar Vintage Race Cars, 8 Hobby Stocks and 9 Roadrunners…Counting bonus money Ryan Sager took home $1,450 for his Street Stock win…Ridge Bookwalter was the hard charger…Fred Thompson in the Penn-Mar Vintage Race Car Club competed in his final race ever at Hesston. He is hanging up his helmet for good. The 76-year-old joined the club in 1997…The speedway has two events remaining this season, Sunday September 4 is a Late Model Sportsman event along with the 305 Racesaver Sprints, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and 4 Cylinders. There will be Double Points ALL Divisions…ATTENTION !!! The SUPER LATE MODEL RACE for that night has been CANCELLED. Due to a lack of support of the Super Late Model Division and race conflicts with other tracks, that division has been dropped. The Championship Points posted are Final. Congratulations to #82 Andy Fries. For more information check out the website at www.hesstonspeedway.com.

SUMMARY:

Limited Late Models: 1. Robbie Black, Claysburg; 2. Dillon Stake, 3. Ralph Morgan, 4. Tim Krape, 5. Eric Irvin, 6. Brad McGinnis, 7. Daulton Bigler, 8. Brad Kling, 9. Marvin Williams, 10. Kenny Yoder, 11. Bryan Benton, 12. Rick Hemphill, 13. Zach Price, 14. Mike Shoemaker, 15. Darren Lucus, 16. Michael Lauffer, 17.  Eric Hohol 18. Mike Ash

Street Stocks:  1. Ryan Sager, Huntingdon; 2. Greg “Skip” Moore, 3. Bill Henney, 4. Devin Weyandt, 5. Ridge Bookwalter, 6. Boyd Brode, 7. Cris Edwards Jr., 8. Kyle Saylor, 9.Brian Weyandt, Jr., 10. Tom Wakefield, 11. Ronnie Garlock, 12. Brian Shaw, 13. Darren Desch.

Did Not Start: Zane Welch 

Hobby/Pure Stocks: 1. Shawn Shoemaker, Mt. Union; 2. Alex Boozel, 3. Brandie Mills, 4. Mike Duck, 5. Amber Mills,

Did Not Start: Kyle Deneen

Disqualified: Brad Benton; Mike Benton. 

Roadrunners: 1. Chris Anderson; 2. Tyler Vincent, 3. Eric Boozel, 4. Kent Leonard, 5. Justin Williamson, 6. Thomas Rogers, 7. Phil Best, 8. Shawn Miller, 9. Kayla Bookwalter. 

Penn-Mar Vintage Race Car Club: 1. Stew Wenrich of Sinking Spring; 2. Glenn Pobletts, 3. Mark Rickrode, Jr., 4. Randy Minich, 5. Gene Wrightstone, 6. Scott Rickrode, 7. Fred Thompson.